Perhaps empires really shine only after their fall. Only then the size of their hubris becomes apparent. Staring at the ruins they left behind, dismissing their existence as yet another misstep on the path of progress becomes impossible. What we have in front of us is deeply human. Fallen empires leave behind mirrors that reflect our future.

Lucubrations on the lone tower of the abandoned mine of Volpeni, from The Great Escape Documentation Project

Made with Blender.

It’s a recreation of the Lupeni mine tower, as seen from this picture by socialistmodernism.